The Chinese Storyteller's Book: Supernatural Tales
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The Chinese Storyteller's Book: Supernatural Tales

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Born in Beijing, award-winning author Michael David Kwan (recipient of the Kirayama Pacific Rim Book Prize) has a strong affinity for his country and its culture. His latest work, The Chinese Storyteller's Book is an authentic collection of nine mythical stories based on ancient Chinese folk tales. First exposed to these tales during his childhood in China, Kwan heard them
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Published November 1st 2001 by Tuttle Publishing
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Stacy
if you like fairy/folktales but feel sheepish reading them because you're an adult, then this is the collection for you.

chinese folktales told with a twist, they are more reminiscent of the vignettes out of akira kurosawa's Dreams (which is a wonderful, if not entirely consistent set of short films). they are much more than bedtime stories, and i love the imagery in the stories, such as the ones with the fox fairies (which actually has had me imagining an entire photo series for half a decade b...more
Caroline
Apr 12, 2013 Caroline marked it as interrupted-maybe-later
I read all but the last two stories before I had to return it.

I would suggest the following stories for Seminar. Excuse the very blunt shorthanded themes intended as a rough guide:

"To Be the Best" -- the false promise of being "the best"
"The Pear Tree" -- the dangers of greed
"The Foxes" -- the importance of death
"The Fisher's Tale" -- steadfast honesty wins the day
Michele
Chinese vampires, fox fairies, dreams and nightmares. Diverting, but not world-class.
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